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NBA players attempting to make a second career out of music aren't exactly anything new. It's been tried before — repeatedly — and often with catastrophic results. Consider the San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair's appearance on the P.O.P. (Chicken and Young Meez) track "2 Hard Livin." Or Big Diesel himself, Shaq Daddy, when he tried to launch a hip-hop career that was only slightly less embarrassing than his acting role as a well-meaning genie in Shazam. Or — God forbid — Ron Artest, with his track "Champions," which was almost bad enough to make Kobe start throwing games.
Thankfully, it doesn't seem Carlos Arroyo intends to join the ranks of NBA's failed recording artists. Maybe it's because the Miami Heat's recently re-signed point guard gets a free pass for playing on the baddest, most megahyped team the NBA has ever seen. More likely, it's because the Puerto Rican FIU grad actually had some talent going into his foray off the court. Who the hell knows — maybe Puerto Ricans are just naturals for singing over that dembo beat. No telling yet whether we'll see Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and company entering the arena to their teammate's tune at some point this season, while they're shellacking the competition.
But whatever the case, Arroyo makes a very respectable, radio-friendly go of it with "Se Van Conmigo." On the track, he lays catchy, Auto-Tune-heavy vocals over a fusion of classic reggaeton rhythm and club-ready electronic melodies. It's a good facsimile of the style popularized in recent years by some of the genre's top artists, such as Wisin y Yandel, Angel y Khriz, and Alexis y Fido. And he even gets big-name Yomo out of P.R. to collab with him on the track, which is already available for download on iTunes. Click the link to listen to "Se Van Conmigo."